There is a sanitation disaster waiting to explode within the Sekondi -Takoradi Metropolis of the Western Region as the Assembly lacks capacity to manage the overly full landfill site in the city whiles various contractors abandon site due to non-payment.

The health threatening state of the Sofokrom
Landfill site which is the only one within the metropolis was uncovered
during a joint parliamentary select committee tour of the region to
inspect the various sanitary state of landfill sites following a recent
fire outbreak at the Kpone landfill in Accra.

The Sofokrom landfill site sparked anger among
the parliamentarians who had difficult time to access the site as the
gory site of faecal matter being disposed openly into bushes and the
offensive stench coupled with a devastated access road to the landfill
site forced the Members of Parliament to declare the area as a “disaster
zone” which needs to be addressed with immediate effect.

A source at the waste management department of
the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly revealed that the Assembly
lacks capacity to manage the landfill site hence the need to re-engage
waste landfills company limited to help provide proper engineered
landfill management.

Sanitation disaster looms in Takoradi; Minister calls for Zoomlion’s IRECOP

The Member of Parliament for Banda and the 1st
Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Hon. Ahmed Ibrahim in an interview with
journalists condemned the sanitation condition of the landfill site
describing it as a “sanitation disaster waiting to explode”.

He said modern practices in waste management
focuses on waste recycling which is sustainable and should be the focus
of every assembly to ensure waste is recovered and recycled into other
useable materials.

“The joint select committee on this tour will
recommend the establishment of waste recycling and compost plants across
all the regions to help create jobs and resources out of the waste been
generated”, he revealed.

Sanitation disaster looms in Takoradi; Minister calls for Zoomlion’s IRECOP

Meanwhile, the Deputy Regional Minister of the
Western Region, Gifty Eugenia Kusi said waste recycling and composting
as demonstrated by Zoomlion’s Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant
(IRECOP) in Accra should be established in the region to help create
value and jobs out of the waste in the region.

She charged the parliamentarians to advocate for an increase in the budget allocated to the region to help tackle sanitation.

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